Source: The Buddhist Channel / The New York Times
On October 1, 2005 The New York Times reported, "[Last Thursday, men were at work preparing] what is widely known in this section of the Connecticut River Valley as the Peace Pagoda, in preparation for the 20th anniversary of its dedication. The structure, built under the guidance of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monks, has twin staircases leading to a walkway circling the dome, which itself has four elevated alcoves, each depicting a stage of Buddha's life. On top there is a gold-colored aluminum pinnacle... Construction on the order's first pagoda began in 1946 [in Japan]... [Today] more than 80 such pagodas exist, mostly in Japan, India and Sri Lanka. There are a few in Europe, one in Zambia and one in Grafton, N.Y., and one is being built in eastern Tennessee."